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Guzheng Lessons

Guzheng is a popular instrument at Eight Tones Music School. With its crystalline tones and flowing lines, the Guzheng gains its reputation as one of the most elegant instruments. Not sure what a Guzheng is? Click here for more information. At Eight Tones, we have the greatest number of qualified & professional Guzheng teachers in Singapore (22 Guzheng teachers with extensive teaching experience), we are certainly the number 1 choice of students. As such, we have over 650 Guzheng students currently learning at Eight Tones. Do you want to learn the Guzheng? No prior background is needed for you to start Guzheng lessons, book a trial lesson. If you are a beginner, your teacher at Eight Tones will evaluate and draw up a curriculum specially for you. In as quickly as 1 month, you will be able to play a song with ease.  Our lessons are conducted in either one-to-one format or in a group lesson format. One-to-one Guzheng lessons will have a more flexible schedule and efficient pacing, whereas group Guzheng lessons will be more affordable and you will have fun learning with other students.

*If you are not living in Singapore or it is inconvenient for you to attend lessons in person, you can also sign up for our online Guzheng lessons (click here to find out more).

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What Is The Guzheng?

The Guzheng (Chinese: 古箏), dates back to the 6th century. Modern day Guzhengs have 21 strings and are 160cm in length. Also known as the Chinese zither, it is a long rectangular box with strings across it and a bridge for each corresponding string. Players wear artificial nails to pluck the strings of the Guzheng, thereby producing clear and bell-like sounds. The strings are formed from steel cores with nylon windings. The Guzheng is not to be confused with the Guqin, which is smaller at 110cm and has 7 strings, with no bridges. Click here for more information about the Guzheng.

*Trial Guzheng lesson is chargeable

Why Learn to Play the Guzheng?

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Our Guzheng Teachers

With plenty of experience in teaching the Guzheng, our teachers are able to conduct lessons in an interactive and conducive environment. You will learn proper hand postures and shape, and train each and every individual finger to be independent and agile so as to produce a crisp and bright tone. During your Guzheng lesson at Eight Tones Music School, your teacher will help you master the music piece of choice.

At Eight Tones Music School, we understand your concerns and our local Singaporean teachers are here to help address them. Hailing from a prestigious lineage, we have teachers from reputable conservatories, and also students of Yin Qun, Xu Hui, and Tan Soon Boon.

Versatile And Virtuosic Guzheng Teachers

Learning from Guzheng teachers who are versatile and skillful makes learning Guzheng much more fun and interesting, because our Guzheng teachers will have enough in-depth knowledge to impart during lessons. And, if you need to learn advanced or higher level pieces, our teachers will have a capabilities to teach you as well, your learning journey will be boundless.

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Teaching Methods/Pedagogy

At Eight Tones Music School, our teachers are able to work with students of varying abilities, ranging from working adults, senior citizens, or children. We take pride in teaching and ensuring that every student leaves each lesson with a sense of fulfillment. Be it for leisure, learning the basics, building a solid foundation, or intensive examinations preparations, we embrace all learning needs with open arms.

Our teachers are well equipped to teach students of varying abilities and ages. We are able to teach for the following purposes: leisure, foundation building, or examination preparation. You will leave each lesson more confident than the previous week.

Guzheng can be taught at your pace. Besides traditional Chinese Guzheng repertoire, you may also opt to learn how to play pop music too.
You do not need to have any musical background to take up Guzheng lessons. Our teachers will lead you to building a good grounding so as to take your Guzheng playing to higher levels.
You will be taught the right techniques and inculcate good playing habits while preparing for your exam. Conquer stage fright and learn how to avoid common mistakes during examination.

Student Performance Opportunities & Exposure

Giving our students exposure and performance opportunities is our priority. If you are looking to learn an instrument in order to perform, we would present to you such opportunities – our annual school showcase performance, and also a chance for you to be featured in our music videos (check out the video below or click here).
Having performance opportunities will greatly polish your skills and help in your learning journey, however, this is totally optional if you are learning for your own leisure and have no interest in performing.

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Our Chinese New Year Music Video, performed by our students – Claire (Pipa), Aron (Ruan), Celeste (Guzheng) and Kai An (Dizi)

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Unsure of Which Chinese Instrument To Learn?

Do you know that Chinese Instruments are categorized to 4 main sections? 吹,拉,弹, 打, which translates respectively to – Woodwinds, Bowed Strings, Plucked Strings and Percussion.

Find out more about the different Chinese instruments in our weekly 60 minutes workshop, where you will be exposed to various Chinese instruments such as the Erhu, Guzheng, Dizi, Ruan and Pipa.

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Don’t have your own Guzheng to get started on your musical journey? Browse our curated collection of Guzheng at our Eight Tones Music Store, catering to all musical levels. Instruments will be provided during your music lessons. However, you will still require a personal instrument for daily practice. Click on the button below to start shopping. 

Benefits of Learning Guzheng

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Learning Guzheng can help to develop the connection between left and right brain, because playing the Guzheng requires coordination of many fingers on both the left hand and right hand.

On Your First Guzheng Lesson

Your teacher will discuss your goals and expectations with you and design a suitable curriculum specific to your needs, be it for leisure, foundation building, or examinations.

If you do not have an instrument and would like to purchase one from us, your teacher will help you pick a Guzheng which is most suited to you.

Your Guzheng teacher will discuss your goals and expectations with you. If you would like to expand your repertoire, build on your foundation, or achieve some other learning aim, your teacher will design a suitable course curriculum for you.

Grading Examination Syllabus

The NAFA (CCOM) Instrumental Guzheng Exam (click here for the NTU – TENG examination structure)

Grade 1 – 小鸟朝凤, 关山月, 十杯酒 (轻六调), 二十五板, 小开手, 上楼, 千声佛

Grade 2 – 画眉跳架 (重六调)  二十四板, 西江月 (又名《一点红》) (轻六调) 二十八板, 凤翔歌, 西厢词, 蝶恋花, 三十三板

Grade 3 – 汉宫秋月, 绣金匾, 渔舟唱晚, 灯月交辉(又名《刺绣鞋》), 柳青娘 (轻六调)三十板, 河南八板 (又名《天下大同》)

Grade 4 – 浪淘沙, 狮子戏球 (重六调) 四十板, 浏阳河, 纺织忙, 高山流水

Grade 5 – 洞庭新歌, 云庆, 山丹丹开花红艳艳, 瑶族舞曲, 高山流水

Grade 6 – 丰收锣鼓, 苏武思乡, 春到拉萨, 香山射鼓, 庆丰年

Grade 7 – 高山流水, 秦桑曲, 蕉窗夜雨, 战台风

Grade 8 – 雪山春晓, 陈杏元和番, 寒鸦戏水 (重六调) 六十八板, 东海渔歌

Grade 9 –  草原英雄小姐妹, 将军令, 林冲夜奔, 幸福渠水到俺村

Diploma – 春到湘江, 情景三章, 幻想曲, 长安八景

Why Choose Us?

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, you can learn to play the Guzheng without any musical background. Our teachers will teach you the basic techniques of Guzheng playing as well as how to read scores. You will be able to perform solo performances and prepare for examinations, depending on your preferences.

We have Guzheng students who are of retirement age and are successful Guzheng players. To learn more, feel free to contact our friendly staff.

We have many time slots available. However, most students come for lessons once a week. You may schedule frequent lessons or for longer periods if you require.

Individual Guzheng lessons are recommended, where we match one student to one teacher. This is to ensure that you receive quality training and enjoy a curriculum specially catered for you.

Lessons can be taught individually or in groups of not more than 4. However, the groups have to be formed on your own, with a minimum of 2 students.

Our teachers are able to speak both English and Mandarin proficiently.

You will be taught by the same Guzheng teacher each week, unless you request to change teachers.

Yes, our teachers can teach you how to play English and Chinese pop songs. However, do let us know in advance so our teachers can prepare the necessary teaching materials.

You can purchase an instrument at our school. Based on your needs, budget and physiology, our teacher will be able to pick out a suitable one for you.
Trial Guzheng lessons are offered one time per instrument and to be paid for after the lesson. If you are unavailable to come for your scheduled trial lesson, you have to inform the school within 24 hours. Failure to do so will result in a prepaid trial lesson for your next booking. Click here for more information about our trial lessons
The mode of payment we accept are cash, NETS, cheque, PayNow, and bank transfer

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